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Thomas McGee

Expert on stateless Kurds of Syria, and authentication of documents related to stateless Kurds (ajanib & maktumeen). Speaks Arabic and Kurdish (Kurmanci dialect).

Thomas McGee
PhD Researcher and Statelessness Consultant

The Expert is a researcher and humanitarian practitioner, specializing in cases of stateless Kurds from Syria. He speaks Arabic and Kurdish (Kurmanci dialect) and has conducted extensive field research with Syrian/Kurdish communities since 2009. The Expert graduated from Cambridge University and holds MA in Kurdish Studies from Exeter University, writing his thesis on the situation of stateless Kurds from Syria. He has published on Kurdish statelessness in Tilburg Law Review and contributed to the MENA Nationality and Statelessness Research Project. Meanwhile, The Expert has worked with several humanitarian agencies, including UNHCR. He is currently a PhD researcher working on Syria’s Changing Statelessness Landscape.


Provided expert reports, especially on stateless Kurds, with additional review of documentation specific to stateless Kurds of Syria (ajanib and maktumeen).

Cited in several Country of Origin reports:

Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Syria: the situation of Kurds, including their treatment by the authorities since the start of the uprising (August 2012):

ACCORD – Austrian Centre for Country of Origin and Asylum Research and Documentation, Query response on Syria: Access of stateless Kurdish persons (maktumin) to ID documentation (19 April 2018):

Landinfo – Norwegian Country of Origin Information Centre: Syria: Statsløse kurdere (12 Februar 2018) :

EASO COI QUERY: The Kocher tribe in Syria (2018):


Publications on Statelessness in Syria (particular focus on Stateless Kurds)

Eight years of Displacement - Syria's Statelessness Still Unidentified (2020) Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (co-authored with Zahra Albarazi):

Stateless Syrians in Europe: Navigating the "Knowledge Gap" (2019) European Network on Statelessness:

 Experiences of Stateless Kurds and Palestinian Refugees from Syria: Seeking Protection in Europe From Syria to Europe (2019) Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion & European Statelessness Network:

Interviews with Stateless Kurds from Syria, The World’s Stateless: Children (2017) Institute of Statelessness and Inclusion:

Legal Limbo: Europe’s Stateless Asylum Seekers (2016) European Network on Statelessness:

Statelessness Displaced: Update on Syria’s stateless Kurds (2016) Institute of

Statelessness and Inclusion’s Statelessness Working Paper Series:

The stateless Kurds of Syria: Ethnic Identity and National I.D (2014) Tilburg Law Review, 19, pp 171-81:

The Stateless Syrians, (2013) Tilburg University Statelessness Programme (Field Research: Thomas McGee):

Documentary on the Stateless Kurds of Syria (2011) Rudaw News Agency:

Other Publications on Syria/Kurds

Local cross-line coordination in Syria (2019) United States Institute of Peace (co-authored with Natasha Hall & Benjamin Smith):

'Nothing is ours anymore' – HLP rights violations in Afrin, Syria (2019) Friedrich Ebert Stiftung:

Saving the survivors: Yezidi women, Islamic State and the German Admissions Programme (2018) Kurdish Studies:

 Mapping action and identity in the Kobani crisis response (2016) Kurdish Studies Journal:

What Syrian Kurds Want from the Revolution (2013) Syria Deeply:

As Politics trumps food, Kurds in Syria grow desperate (2013) The National:

Multiple Narratives of Aggression Against Kurds in Syria (2013) Syria Deeply:

Iraqi Kurdistan’s Syrian Refugees – Between Rock and Hard Place (2013) Voice of America:

Syria's Kurds: part of the revolution? (2012) The Guardian:

Kurdish (Kurmanci dialect), Arabic
Ethnic groups expertise
Kurdish (from Syria)
Other social groups expertise
Stateless Kurds of Syria
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